The all-new 2016 Renault Megane hatch has been given an unscheduled unveiling, with a set of official marketing shots appearing online overnight.
The new Megane, due for an official unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show on September 15, has already been spied in light camouflage, but these new leaked images offer a first clear look at the hatch’s final styling.
As expected, the newest Renault shares styling cues with the mid-sized Talisman that was revealed in early July, including a new hooked headlight design and tightly tapered tail-lamps that extend into the centre of the rear hatch.
Renault’s new wing-like grille design again features up front, continuing the theme that began with the DeZir concept, evolving into models like the Clio and Twingo hatches. Other models have since picked up the new look, including a refreshing facelift for the outgoing Megane range in late 2013.
Muscular guards and a rising belt-line link this new Megane with the smaller Clio, which kicked off Renault chief designer Laurens van den Acker’s styling revolution when it first appeared in 2012.
In the cabin, the new Megane features a tall phone-like display that sees most of the vehicle’s conventional controls moved to an on-screen arrangement.
A thick-rimmed and flat-bottomed sports steering wheel is also shown, sitting in front of a large digital odometer display.
Body-coloured inserts, silver accents, contrast stitching and lightly bolstered sports seats round out the standout interior highlights.
Tightly cropped images of a ‘regular’ model are shown here in silver, but the blue model in today’s gallery wears Renault Sport GT badging and features – including an aggressive styling kit, large wheels and a prominent exhaust design – which suggests it could be a warm-to-hot Golf GTi rival that will sit below the flagship Megane RS.
The current Megane range features a GT220 model, introduced as a more affordable and more liveable alternative – thanks to its lower power output, less intense dynamics and practical five-door hatch and wagon shapes – to the three-door-only Megane RS.
Expect this new GT model to fill that same role, and look for a bonkers new Megane RS to debut in the next year or so. The big questions with that model will be not only its power figures, but also whether it will be offered again as a three-door or – like the new Clio RS – with five doors only.
Engine options will likely mirror those offered with the Kadjar, including a 96kW/205kW 1.2 litre turbo-petrol engine and a 96kW/320Nm 1.6 litre turbo-diesel. Expect something hotter in the GT version, of course.
Watch for the new Megane to make its official debut on September 15, ahead of an Australian debut that will likely occur in the first half of 2016.